Twenty-five years ago TODAY, the sequel to the 1984 science fiction horror classic “The Terminator” had its world premiere at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, Los Angeles on July 1st, 1991. The name of the film was “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”.
Written, produced, and directed by the genius James Cameron, the film featured returning actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton as the T-800 Series Model 101 and Sarah Connor… plus new additions like Robert Patrick as the deadly T-1000 and Edward Furlong as a young John Connor.
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” told the story of an older, hardened Sarah Connor reuniting with her ten-year-old son John in a run for their lives… as they are hunted by a more advanced, liquid metal, shapeshifting Terminator T-1000 model that was sent back in time to assassinate the young John Connor. His termination would prevent John from becoming the leader of the human resistance and the catalyst that defeats the machines. Fortunately, an adult John from the future sent a reprogrammed T-800 101 back in time to protect his younger self and counter the liquid metal nightmare. Could the seemingly unstoppable T-1000 be stopped? And could the heroes actually change fate so the impending nightmare would cease to be?
The film’s gripping story, pulse-pounding action, groundbreaking visual effects and surprising emotional core won the film widespread critical acclaim. Opening in 2,274 theaters in the United States on July 3rd, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” earned $54 million during its Fourth of July opening weekend, finishing with $204.8 million in North America and $519.8 million worldwide. It became the highest-grossing film of 1991, and claimed the title of being the highest grossing “R” Rated movie for years. It sold just as much money in merchandising and still holds the crown as the most successful Arnold Schwarzenegger film of all time.
While the original 1984 film “The Terminator” slightly edged out it’s sequel as the fan’s favorite Terminator film in a recent poll, the fans owe everything to “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”. It cant be stressed enough. We owe everything to T2. The original 1984 film made the Terminator character a sci-fi classic…but “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” made the Terminator character a phenomenon. It made Terminator a franchise. It’s the reason why the fans were treated with more blockbuster movies.. a television series.. and theme park rides. It made Terminator legendary.
And for the rare few fans that find T2 to be their third or fourth favorite Terminator film (yes, there are some fans that respectfully feel that way), even they cannot deny what this amazing masterpiece did for this franchise. It can’t be denied, so honor and respect it. Honor it and respect it!
And so will we. Starting today our Facebook and Twitter pages will only be honoring “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” for the rest of the weekend. No other Terminator movies or shows will be mentioned. This is strictly a time to celebrate 25th Anniversary of T2. We hope you will join us in the celebration.
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THAT’S IT! Our T2 25th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND CELEBRATION has sadly come to an end! Thanks to the always awesome Robert Patrick for helping kick this off, and most importantly thanks to our ARMY for their contributions and support that made this Terminator 2 Party possible!